A YA murder mystery in which a young reporter must use her supernatural visions to help track down a killer targeting the young women of Paris.Paris, 1887.Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day's new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered--from the perspective of the murderer himself.When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie's search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie's strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer's identity--and she'll have to do it before sh...
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Spectacle is a fantastic historical murder mystery with elements of the paranormal set in Paris, 1887.
The main character Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes a grisly column for the local newspaper describing the unidentified bodies on display in the morgue, however one day while viewing the body of a murder victim she has a frightening and graphic vision of the girl’s murder. When a second girl is murdered Nathalie again has a vision of her death but realises her visions are from the perspe ...more
(3.5) I was sent an eARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not change my view in any shape or form. Also found here at Booked J.
In simple terms? Spectacle was breathtaking and intriguing.
If you are a fan of main characters with strong and individual voices and questions for days, this is the book for you. Further, if you like the above to be mingling with historical settings and supernatural vibes, this is bound to be your cup of tea.
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Another historical fiction! I never seemed to enjoy this genre much before because I felt that they were either too dense or too slow. And while this book was a tad on the slow side, it was also really interesting and quite an adventure! After falling in love with the Stalking Jack the Ripper series last year I’ve been dying for an ...more
Nathalie Baudin writes the morgue column for Le Petit Journal, which is all the more impressive considering she’s a sixteen-year-old in 1887. Though she longs for a more challenging journalist position, she dutifully attends morgue viewings each day without incident. That is, until the body of a murder victim is displayed, and Nathalie has a vision of the killing in brutal detail. Soon, Paris is in a panic as more bodies are discovered and someone begins taking gleeful credit for their demise— t ...more
I enjoyed reading this one, though to say I loved it and that this is highly recommended from me would be a stretch.
Nathalie is 16 and she writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal and I find that really fascinating. Our MC is really badass and I enjoyed being in her mind. I also love the friendships she has throughout the book. But I must admit sometimes I find her voice so mature. She's only 16 but that's not a major complain of mine. I just think it would be better if I ex ...more
3.5 Stars - This book gave me a lot of same vibes as YS Lee's The Agency series... historical setting (this time gilded age Paris), intrepid girl professional (this time a reporter on the morgue beat... yeah, that's a thing in this time period), and MYSTERIOUS MYSTERY (this time a serial killer). There's also an element of the supernatural, which I thought was handled well. Additionally, I appreciated that this is the rare YA novel that truly feels aimed at teens in terms of reading level and wr ...more
Fans of fantasy, thrillers, and historical fantasy are going to absolutely love SPECTACLE by Jodie Lynn Zdrok. I was astounded by the turn of events 75% of the way through. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. I thought I had the whole thing figured out, but Zdrok proved to be a masterful storyteller. She got me!!! Her writing is dark--the detail of the bodies in the morgue is haunting--and the descriptions of Paris in 1887 made me feel like I was right there with Nathalie running through the Catacombs or ...more
I read an early copy of Jodie Lynn Zdrok’s novel SPECTACLE, and I still have chills! In 1887, the main character, Nathalie, is an ambitious 16-year-old journalist tasked with viewing and writing about the bodies laid out in the Paris morgue. She approaches her duties in a clear, understated manner, which lends an even more sinister air to the story when describing the murder victims on display and the injuries their bodies sustained. When she experiences a strange, seemingly unexplainable, magic ...more